Monthly Archives: January 2012

SCL Picks: MLK Day Edition!

Happy MLK Day, everyone! In commemoration of this day of service and reflection, here’s a quick list of recent books related to the path-breaking Martin Luther King Jr. All titles are available here at the Stone Center Library and we encourage you to come by and check them out!

All Labor Has Dignity: “An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice”

Behind the dream : the making of the speech that transformed a nation: “a thrilling, behind-the-scenes account of the weeks leading up to the great event, as told by Clarence Jones, a co-writer of the speech and close confidant to King himself.”

Burial for a King : Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral and the week that transformed Atlanta and rocked the nation: “Compelling and original, Burial for a King captures a defining moment in America’s history. It encapsulates King’s legacy, America’s shifting attitude toward race, and the emergence of Atlanta as a new kind of Southern city.”

Interested in U.S. Civil Rights more generally? Check out these recent SCL acquisitions:

For even more resources available here at the Library, take a look at last year’s MLK Day post, as well as the Civil Rights section of the Stone Center Library’s Guide to the Web. Happy reading!

UNC Chapel Hill 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Reposted from UNC’s office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, here’s a listing of activities taking place on campus next week in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 

Join us at Carolina for a week of cooperatively planned events to commemorate the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at (919) 962-6962 or by email.

Click on a date in the list below to see details, times, and locations for all events.

2012 UNC-Chapel Hill MLK Celebration Schedule

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

TWENTY SEVENTH ANNUAL UNIVERSITY/COMMUNITY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BANQUET

MONDAY, JANUARY 16

DAY FOR SERVICE
MLK YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
RALLY, MARCH, SERVICE
UNITY DINNER
HE WAS A POEM, HE WAS A SONG

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

KAPPA OMICRON CHAPTER OF DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.’S ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ORATORICAL CONTEST

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

QUIZ BOWL
POPULAR MOVEMENTS: A PANEL DISCUSSION

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

SCREENING AND DISCUSSION OF DOCUMENTART “PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE”
“I, TOO, SING AMERICA”

Walter Dean Myers named new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

As of today, author Walter Dean Myers is officially the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Established in 2008, “The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”

Last week, several newspapers published interviews with Myers, whose slogan for this two-year appointment is “Reading Is Not Optional.” Here are a few excerpts from the New York Times article by Julie Bosman:

“As an African-American man who dropped out of high school but built a successful writing career — largely because of his lifelong devotion to books — Mr. Myers said his message would be etched by his own experiences.”

“The choice of Mr. Myers represents a departure from his predecessors and is likely to be seen as a bold statement. His books chronicle the lives of many urban teenagers, especially young, poor African-Americans. While his body of work includes poetry, nonfiction and the occasional cheerful picture book for children, its standout books offer themes aimed at young-adult readers: stories of teenagers in violent gangs, soldiers headed to Iraq and juvenile offenders imprisoned for their crimes.”

“While many young-adult authors shy away from such risky subject material, Mr. Myers has used his books to confront the darkness and despair that fill so many children’s lives.”

(Source: NYT: “Children’s Book Envoy Defines His Mission”)

 

SCL blog: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The SCL is hiring: FAFSA Work/Study student assistants needed ASAP!

ATTENTION UNC STUDENTS: the SCL is hiring **FAFSA Work/Study** student assistants for this semester. We are looking for dependable, detail-oriented employees with excellent communication and customer service skills. Duties include circulation and reference activities and assisting patrons. Starting salary is $9.65 per hour. Work hours are approximately 8-12 hours per week. For more information contact Sofia Becerra (stonecenterlibrary@unc.edu).